Galaxy The prettiest star

Jadzia Axelrod

Book - 2022

Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor's life is perfect. And every day is torture. Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth. That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis gir...l Katherine "call me Kat" Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies.

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Series
DC graphic novels for young adults
Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Genderqueer comics
Romance comics
Published
Burbank, CA : DC Comics [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
188 pages, 19 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Audience
Ages 13-17
Grades 10-12
ISBN
9781401298531
1401298532
Main Author
Jadzia Axelrod (writer)
Other Authors
Jess (Illustrator) Taylor (illustrator), Cris Peter (letterer), Ariana Maher
Review by Booklist Reviews

Taylor may seem to have it all, but she's actually living a lie—her whole family is comprised of aliens hiding in human bodies to protect themselves, and especially Taylor, from danger. Taylor's human disguise—a boy—is fundamentally at odds with her true identity: she's actually Princess Galaxy, and she has a vast amount of power that her species' enemies would kill for. When Taylor loses her disguise and openly becomes Galaxy permanently, she encounters unexpected discrimination in her small town and must find a way to truly be herself. The straightforward story follows a classic YA format, but the metaphor of Galaxy's alien cover serves as a fresh and thoughtful spin on trans stories. The engaging, approachable artwork makes great use of bright, exaggerated color and adds some humor while gently easing the more tense moments of prejudice or suicidal ideation. Readers who like superhero stories emotionally grounded in relatable teenage concerns will appreciate this and likely look forward to subsequent installments that show off Galaxy's full range of powers as she becomes the hero she was born to be. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Axelrod and Taylor deliver a vulnerable and thought-provoking graphic novel about gender identity, told through the lens of an alien royal in hiding. Basketball star Taylor Barzelay, a seemingly white and cisgender 16-year-old boy, has the perfect life. Except that Taylor is actually alien princess Taelyr, one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war, living undercover in a body she doesn't want, with a makeshift family of glorified chaperones for her protection. Taelyr is resigned to her masquerade until Katherine "Kat" Silverberg, a Black junior year transfer student, arrives from Metro-polis and encourages Taelyr to shed her disguise. When doing so puts her at odds with her family and their small town, Taelyr must learn to balance the expectations of others with her true self. Taylor's sharp lines and flowing, vivid colors accentuate the fictional scenery and eclectic cast as well as complement the ethereal atmosphere, and the myriad textures and tones used on Taelyr after she shakes off her disguise are stunning. Axelrod thoughtfully encapsulates the exhaustion of hiding and the exhilaration of being oneself in this hilarious and gorgeously illustrated narrative featuring queer romance, talking dogs, and a galaxy of the prettiest stars. Ages 13–17. (May) ¦ Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Taylor Barzelay seems to have the perfect life with good looks and good grades, but they are actually an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and after six long years of accepting the duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth, it all changes when they meet confident Metropolis city girl Katherine.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars.Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s life is perfect. And every day is torture. Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth. That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine “call me Kat” Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies. From the charming and brilliant mind behind the popular podcast The Voice of Free Planet X, Jadzia Axelrod, and with stunningly colorful artwork by Jess Taylor comes the story of a girl in hiding who must face her fears to see herself as others see her: the prettiest star. “As a metaphor for transness, Galaxy: The Prettiest Star is refreshing, original, and fun! With breathtaking illustrations and beautifully written characters to fall in love with, it’s a brilliant new addition to DC’s YA lineup.”—Nicole Maines, actor, trans activist, writer “An enchanting new addition to queer myths that celebrates everything we gain, everything our world gains, when we stand up for becoming ourselves.”—Jul Maroh, New York Times bestselling creator of Blue is the Warmest Color “With beautiful artwork that features expressive figures highlighted against abstract backgrounds and a narrative that first breaks, then repairs readers’ hearts, turning the final page is a sad affair.”—Kirkus Reviews “…hilarious and gorgeously illustrated narrative featuring queer romance, talking dogs, and a galaxy of the prettiest stars.” —Publisher's Weekly